Here is a good question. Ask yourself how long was the time gap between when you first heard about computers and when you first started using them. Your answer to this question, can potentially tell you a lot about yourself. In fact, sociologists say this information identifies where you fall between five categories on adopting new technology.
There are some people that just enthuse about every new gadget that comes on the market. They are always the first to have the newest, next best thing and they spend hours talking about what makes it work and how it was done. Yes, these are known as Geeks! Sociologists call them “Early Adopters”.
It has been quite a while now that the personal PC has been out and also some time since Windows software was developed, which made PCs easier to use and more accessible. PCs are now, without a doubt, an everyday household and workplace item. This was not always the case. There is a sociological theory called “Moore’s Theory” aka the “Technology Adoption Lifecycle” that basically states that when new products and ideas come into being, there are trends in way in which human beings adopt them. Some jump at new technology, others wait a while and a few slowly drag their feet resisting change all the way.
Geoffrey Moore wrote a marketing book called, Crossing the Chasm where he attempted to teach technology innovators and marketers how to narrow the gap between early adopters and the majority of people that wait and look before leaping. Conquering this chasm would reduce the gap between people that quickly adopt new technology and those that take time to adopt a new idea. This obviously has financial benefits for technology companies but it can also be good for us if the idea is beneficial.
I think that as all of us get older, we tend to shun anything that requires us to do things in a new way. In the case of PCs, many adults were somewhat “forced” to begin using them because their jobs adopted their use. And even then, they only learned what they “had to” do and nothing else. Many young people on the other hand grew naturally into PCs because they were accessible in their schools. For example, the 5 year old daughter of one of my friends had typing as a course during her first year of school. This is an extreme case yet it proves my point. She will never have any problem using computers.